National President: Captain Don Tijerina

Captain Don Tijerina was sworn in as the 2015 National President of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) on December 4, 2014, at the association’s 41st Annual Symposium. HAPCOA is the oldest and largest association of Hispanic American command officers from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies at the municipal, county, state and federal levels, with hundreds of members in agencies across the United States, Puerto Rico, and several other nations. HAPCOA members work diligently to serve as positive role models for aspiring young law enforcement officers and address the concerns of their respective communities and improve relations with the communities they serve and protect.

Captain Tijerina joined the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office in 1992 and is currently assigned as a Patrol Captain. He began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in the Detention Division, with his last assignment in that division working as a Classification Officer. Captain Tijerina rose through the ranks, working in numerous law enforcement assignments including Court Security, Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Criminal Warrants, and was also the Commander of the Professional Standards and Integrity Division.

Captain Tijerina is a graduate of the FBI National Academy - Session 231, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) / HAPCOA Leadership Program, the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Leadership San Antonio - Class 31, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Alex Briseno Leadership Development Program, and the Bexar County Leadership Development Program. Don received his Bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University.

Captain Tijerina is a proud veteran, retiring from the Texas Air National Guard with over 21 years of service at the rank of Master Sergeant.

2015 National Board

NameFull Name
PresidentDon Tijerina, Captain, Bexar County Sheriff’s Department
1nd Vice PresidentJohn Torres, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (retired)
2nd Vice PresidentTina Nieto, Captain III, Los Angeles Police Department
3rd Vice PresidentRichard Rosa, Federal Air Marshal Service
4th Vice PresidentTeresa Ramon, Chief of Police, Judson Police Department
Sergeant-at-armsSteve Reyna, Segeant, Bexar County Sheriffs Office
National SecretaryRoger Lozano, Governor's Appointment, Texas Violent Gang Task Force
National TreasurerOscar Hernandez, Department of Homeland Security
HistorianYvonne Vann, Sergeant, Bexar County Sheriffs Office
ParliamentarianRolando Belmares, Sergeant, Texas State University Police Department
Executive DirectorAnthony Chapa, US Secret Service (retired)
Director at LargeManuel Ovalle, US Secret Service (retired)
Past National PresidentXavier Morales, Special Agent in Charge, US Secret Service.
Director EmeritusJavier F. Pena, Drug Enforcement Administration (Retired)
Director EmeritusRichard Garcia, Federal Bureau of Investigation (retired)
Event CoordinatorMary Cox, HAPCOA National Training Symposium and Exposition
Director of DevelopmentJoe Munoz, Chief Institue for Criminal Justice Studies, Texas State University

Past Presidents

Xavier Morales 2013-2014
Paul J. Chapa 2012-2013

Joaquin J. Herran 2011-2012
Tony Cox 2010-2011 
Hector Hernandez 2008-2010
James Pina 2007-2008
Ray Leyva 2006-2007
Frank Hernandez 2005-2006
Albert Najera 2004-2005
Elvin Crespo 2003-2004
Arthur R Parra Sr. 2002-2003
Sandalio Gonzalez 2001-2002
Ralph Lopez 2000-2001
Edwin Rios 1999-2000
Errol J. Chavez 1998-1999
Joe Delopez 1997-1998
Arturo Venegas 1995-1996
George A. Rodrigues 1993-1994
Wilfred Navarro 1991-1992
Eduardo Gonzalez 1989-1990
David S Gomez 1987- 1988
Abel S. Armas 1986-1987
Charles Gonzales 1981-1986
Alberto Atividad 1978-1980
Eusevio Hernandez 1973-1978